Power poles partially down in Buckeye; weather-related

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Monsoon storms began rolling through the Valley late Monday evening, causing some damage.

In Buckeye, several power poles were partially knocked down. Fire officials confirm the damage is weather-related. The National Weather Service estimated wind gusts in the area measured up to 50 miles an hour.

The area of Miller Road between Broadway Road and Dove Cove Drive was affected. Traffic was shut down in both directions due to the leaning power poles.

Rain was expected to fall throughout the night and into the early morning hours. Rainfall amounts around the Valley could be in the between 1 and 2 inches, and we could see another round of flooding in some areas of central Arizona.

Once again, the mountains to the north of metro Phoenix could receive most of the rain. Our latest forecast maps are also showing a lot of rain is possible along the Mogollon Rim.

There was a chance to see some thunderstorms around the Valley on Monday night as a precursor to the bigger storm, but that chance is only at 20 percent before midnight. After that, the chance for rain for Tuesday is in the 50-60 percent range for metro Phoenix.

The National Weather Service cancelled the Flash Flood Watch for the Valley and for much of Maricopa County Tuesday morning.  It remains in effect for much of the rest of the state today.  Widespread and possibly heavy rain is still forecast for Northern Arizona today.

There will be a slight chance for storms on Wednesday.